This blog exists to remind me to live life and then document said life with adventurous intention. 2012 was The Year of New. It was about taking leaps, pulling triggers, and starting over. I'm getting good at that part, the bright shiny new part. I am good about diving in, closing my eyes and just ripping off the band-aid. I've talked before about tending to be an all or nothing kind of girl. I make grand proclamations and passionately rearrange my life seeking adventure and being repulsed by the fearful and wimpy in myself and others. So, being intentionally adventurous is starting to come naturally.
But, there is another side to that life motto. It's having adventurous intention. Daring to be intentional about life, to do things on purpose. Not to live unconsciously, but to make day to day decisions to create the life you want to live. Now, this part has been more than a little hard for me. It's not nearly as sexy and exciting as the adventurous part. This part requires daily habits, discipline, and follow through (curses).
So if last year was about the adventurous - changing careers, trying something new, stepping outside my comfort zone - this year, 2013 will be about the intentional. I want be mindful of intention in all areas of life. So instead of a whole bunch of resolutions, I will stick to that overarching goal. Here's what I'm thinking that will look like:
Being intentional about writing:
- Write from 9-12 every morning Monday-Friday, you know, like it's my job.
- Finish the children's book I started, and put other book ideas to paper.
- Post on the blog at least 5 times a week, and take this online class about blog design, so I can move my blog to the next level.
- Plan regular date nights with Mr. Ladd. I know it sounds cliche, but they make a difference.
- Develop a clear direction for starting a family, and then walk in that direction.
- Follow through on those good ideas I have about nice things I can do for friends/family.
- Find a regular doctor.
- Lose weight by using Weight Watchers and getting back to my Waist Management goals.
- Get some sort of exercise every day. Yes, even when it's 100 degrees, and I decide it's too hot to even sneeze.
- Put on some sort of makeup every day and wash it off every night before bed. I am getting too old for the fresh face look, and also too old to not take good care of my skin.
- Dress for the day I want to have, not the one that's trying to have me. Thanks abbyleigh.
- Make the messy bun the hair exception and not the rule. Yes, even when it's 100 degrees. I can be more creative than that.
- Follow through on the DSLR photography class I took, and applying the info by taking said DSLR off of automatic mode (gasp).
- Fix my dysfunctional relationship with Photoshop.
- Figure out an organization/storage/printing system that works for us, so it's easier to share and enjoy the photos.
- Go regularly to the church we really do love.
- Get involved in some way to meet people.
- Read and write more about growing spiritually.
- Develop and stick to some sort of house upkeep schedule
- Make our bed every day. I'm starting to believe that's the catalyst to all things productive for the rest of the day.
- Find a place for everything, and put everything in its right place.
It may all seem like a lot, and I could make all of those things into individual resolutions, but really if I just keep my focus on living life with intention and purpose they all make sense.
So here's to 2013 - The Year of Intention! What are your goals, resolutions or mottos for 2013?